Barack Obama has two months left as President of the United States and on November 8, we will elect a new leader of the free world. From his inaugural speech right after being elected president (and subsequently making history) in 2008 to his powerful eulogy after last year’s Charleston shooting to his funny zingers at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Obama is quite the eloquent and impressive orator. In honor of his time in the White House, here are some of his most impactful speeches from his eight years in office
If there’s anyone out there who doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy — tonight is your answer.” These were the first words spoken by Obama after he was elected president eight years ago and became the country’s first black president in history. It was the beginning of a new era.
Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 a week after the escalation of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan.
As usual, he killed it by speaking about prohibiting torture at Guantanamo Bay, his appeals for global unity, and by calling himself a “living testimony to the moral force of nonviolence” in the same vein as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Obama delivered the eulogy at the funeral of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the pastor who was fatally shot in his Emanuel AME Church along with eight others last year on June 17. U.S presidents have had to give speeches during the toughest moments in the country’s history — and this is considered Obama’s most powerful speech. He gave a thoughtful speech that gave the nation a clarion call to reform gun laws and confront poverty. Obama ended by singing ‘Amazing Grace’ with the congregation who stood up, cried, and lifted their hands with their president and minister for the day.